Trolls and Princesses

Just today I finished the last book of the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking. I had been waiting for the last one for a while, a few months, so I read it much faster than I probably should have. In retrospect, I should’ve made it last longer, but then again it was also such an easy and fast-paced read that I could barely put it down.
As any other trilogy it starts with the trouble of our protagonist, Wendy, and her less complicated life only to get much more complicated when she finds out she is actually a Troll. But not the ugly and gross kind that we think of troll, no, just a very grounded and earth-bound human with some superpowers of some kind in some cases. And just to top that, Wendy also discovers that her real mother is the Queen of these trolls and Wendy has to face the fact that she will one day be Queen too. The book are told from Wendy’s perspective and are great at conveying Wendy’s turmoil at adjusting to this new life with all the complications this brings about too. As we read on we follow her on her path to discover the real truth about herself and her unknown past, details of which are revealed very slowly over the course of the last two books. And of course, as any other fantasy trilogy there also has to be a love squander or love triangle, this has a combination of the two. However, the triangle doesn’t really start to take action until we get to the second book but before that there are plenty of other heated and romantic settings to entice the reader. This is another thing I like about this author, even though it is obviously a young adult trilogy, she is not afraid to go into detail in the romantic scenes, even when it comes to the bedroom scenes. I sometimes feel like young adult novels try to cover those things up too much, but when you think about it the kids get plenty of exposure to those kinds of things through television and Internet anyways, so why should literature be any different? If anything, I think literature might in some cases be a more accurate description of how things really are. Anyway, overall I really liked these books and there were easy and quick to get through and very suitable for a summer-by-the-pool read or something like that. So if you’re going somewhere sunny this summer, think about bringing this trilogy along with you to keep you company by the pool.

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